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Why does depression cause excessive sleepiness?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Depression

Hypersomnia occurs in depression not because of exhaustion or fatigue in the conventional sense.
Rather, sleeping excessively can be thought of as a defense against dealing with life, and avoiding as much of it as possible.

In brief: Depression

Hypersomnia occurs in depression not because of exhaustion or fatigue in the conventional sense.
Rather, sleeping excessively can be thought of as a defense against dealing with life, and avoiding as much of it as possible.
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